Unbeaten Streak Ends for Red Bulls

New York's recent run ends as Whitecaps grasp 3 points
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, June 03, 2013

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

Teams live very dangerously sometimes in the MLS, especially when they go on a lucky 7-game unbeaten streak as the New York Red Bulls did.

The streak, which was really 8 games in all competitions after New York's win over Reading in the US Open Cup, started at home to the New England Revolution with a 4-1 win on April 20 .

But it all went for naught as the Vancouver Whitecaps found a way to recover from losing the Canadian Championship in midweek to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 win.

Both Whitecaps goals came from mental mistakes by the Red Bulls defenders as they took advantage and raised their spirits to go back to British Columbia with a much-needed road win. Problems started after a corner was given to the Whitecaps in the 58th minute.

Following a clear attempt that was kept by Russell Teibert, he hit a shot at Eric Alexander who tried to head it out, but not enough on it. Jordan Harvey came towards the ball and ripped a hard rising shot that smacked inside the far corner and the match was leveled at 1-1.

But the biggest mistake came in the 83rd minute as the Whitecaps wanted a second goal. Marques Davidson sent the ball down the far side towards Teibert who crossed it towards the area. Kosuke Kimura was caught ball-watching and that allowed Scottish international Kenny Miller to sneak in behind him and got his head on the ball for the lead.

“As a former defender like myself you never stare at the ball,” said RBNY manager Mike Petke. “When the ball leaves the guys foot that crossed it, when it leaves his foot the ball is going nowhere. So when it’s going nowhere, it’s easy for their forward to step in front of you and score.”

With 5 minutes of second half stoppage time added on, there was one last chance for the Red Bulls to save the unbeaten streak. Peguy Luyindula, who came in as a sub got the chance on his right foot, but unfortunately he couldn’t chip the ball over Caps goalkeeper Brad Knighton and that would be the last play of the match.

To make matters worse, Jamison Olave was booked twice in the match and was sent off in the 75th minute, which means he will not able to play in the next league match on June 23 away in Philadelphia. He will still be available for the Red Bulls Open Cup road trip to Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

It's clear that Petke wasn’t happy with that second half performance to try and enter a 22-day league break before heading down to Philadelphia on Sunday, June 23. He was very upset with that second-half performance and he felt the club could’ve done better, yet he should be happy that there is the USOC match against the Revolution.

But after 16 league matches and a 3rd round US Open Cup match in his rookie season as manager, I think Petke will be pleased with both his own and his club's performances.

NEXT UP: June 12 – US Open Cup: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, Harvard Soccer Stadium, Cambridge, Mass. 8:30 p.m. EST, TBD.


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Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.